DIY Halloween Craft: Pumpkin Decor

DIY fall pumkin decor with scented pinecones

The Craft Challenge theme for September is Halloween so I decided to go with pinecones and pumpkins. You know those spiced scented pinecones you smell when you walk into Michael’s? I can’t stay away from the things! They smell amazing. I had to get them into my craft this week. And I haven’t decorated pumpkins yet this year, so it just seemed fitting.

This craft is really easy, smells wonderful and will give your table or windowsill a nice pop for fall. Keep reading if you’re interested in making your own!

 

autumn pumpkin decor materials

Materials needed for fall pumpkin decor

  • craft pumpkin
  • flameless candle
  • pumpkin carving kit
  • fall-scented pinecones

 

hollowed craft pumpkin

Step 1: cut a big hole in your craft pumpkin

You can buy pumpkins with the hole already cut. Get that one if you can. If not, use a pumpkin carving kit to cut your own.

 

 

flameless candle decor

Step 2: add decorative fall elements

Put your flameless candle in the middle and surround it with scented pinecones.

 

DIY fall pumkin decor with scented pinecones

You’re done! You can tie some ribbon or maybe some burlap around the stem at the top if you want to spice it up a little more. I wanted to keep this one a bit more simple.

I’d love to hear your thoughts! Leave them in the comments.

The Craft Challenge

This craft is part of The Craft Challenge. Be sure to check out Emily’s Halloween Ghost Candy Boxes tutorial over at A Pop of Red!

DIY Upcycled Charger and Cord Organizer

DIY Upcycled cord and storage organizer

In the past few years, I’ve accumulated numerous cords and chargers, as I’m sure many of you have. I used to store them in a basket, but that got messy quickly. Every time I wanted one I’d have to untangle several. That’s obviously not an effective storage solution.

I decided to upcycle a cardboard box and some toilet paper rolls to design a better option. So far, it seems to be working pretty well. I haven’t had to untangle anything, which is just wonderful.

Want to try it? You only need a few supplies to get started. If you do any amount of crafting you probably have most of them already.

 

charger and cord organizer materials

Materials needed for your upcycled cord storage box

  • box
  • ruler
  • toilet paper rolls
  • scissors/exacto knife
  • Duct Tape or scrapbook paper

**Add glue to that list if you’ve chose to work with scrapbook paper instead of decorative tape.

upcycling a storage box with Duck Tape

Step 1: cover your box with Duct Tape

Cover your cardboard box in Duct Tape or scrapbook paper, whichever you prefer.

 

Duck Tape covered toilet paper rolls

Step 2: cover the toilet paper rolls with Duct Tape

Repeat the process with your TP rolls.

 

DIY Upcycled cord and storage organizer

Fill your rolls with chargers and cords, set the rolls upright in the box and you’re done! Storage made easy. Now you don’t have to untangle anything! Very exciting.

If you’re more interested in organizing the cords that are always plugged in, check out the tutorial for my Device Charging Station instead:

DIY device charging station

I’d love to hear what you think!

Happy crafting!

 

DIY Paper Bookmarks for Page Corners

DIY page corner bookmark

I read a lot. Most of the time, I’m reading 2-3 books at once because I like to soak up a lot of information. Topics change a lot too. Sometimes I want to educate myself but other times I’m in the mood for some mindless fiction. It depends on the day.

Regardless, books in-progress need bookmarks. I love the elaborate fun markers, but I can never justify paying for something like that. So, I make my own. And I can make them as exciting as I want them to be.

This week, I’m working on some bookmarks for the corners of the pages. It works really well. They just slide on one of the corners and it’s easy to find your place whenever you’re ready to start reading again.

If you’re interested in making your own, keep reading and I’ll show you how I made mine. Oh, I also have some bonus templates for you to download to make the process easier.

 

Materials needed for paper bookmark for page corners

Materials needed for paper bookmarks

  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Scrapbook paper
  • My downloadable template (below)

 

paper bookmark templateStep 1: download the bookmark template

Right click the image above and click “Open image in new tab”.

Then, print the image. (file > Print.)

 

Step 2: cut out the template

Cut the template out. You can do this by printing the template I provided and then tracing it onto your scrapbook paper.

Or you can print it directly onto your scrapbook paper.

Your call.

 

bookmark paper folds

Step 3: fold the paper

Place the scrapbook paper face down so that the pattern you want displayed on your bookmark is against the surface you’re working on. I want the green flower design, so that is against the table.

Fold one of the legs inward so that it follows the contour of the diamond shape.

Repeat that on the other side. Glue the second leg on top of the other one.

You should have something that looks like this.

scrapbook paper origami bookmark

I used double-sided scrapbook paper, so I hope the image isn’t confusing. I apologize if it is. Please leave a comment if you need further instruction.

 

paper bookmarks for page corners

Repeat that as many times as your would like. I made an extra one, just in case I find another book I want to read in the next day or two.

 

DIY page corner bookmark

Now you can slide your new bookmark onto the page you want to come back to.  It’s so cute and minimal. I love it. It doesn’t stick out from the pages, so the book fits in my bag without any worry of bending or destroying my bookmark.

I have another goodie for you!

If you like to color, download my coloring-page bookmark templates below.

color your own bookmark templates

Follow the same steps I provided above and then color til your heart’s content.

For example, I used the pattern in the first template design in a drawing recently. It turned out like this:

abstract doodle art

I’d love to know what you think and I’d love to see what you make. Leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments.

If you’re interested in some other DIY bookmarks, check these out:

DIY Doodle Bookmarks

These are made from paint samples and Sharpies. The project is super easy and you can turn them into anything you want. I especially enjoy the gradient created from the paint swatches.

diy doodle bookmarks

 

DIY Glass Orb Bookmarks

If these didn’t stick out from the edges of the pages, they would be my favorite bookmarks ever. I made these years ago and still use them for books that sit on my nightstand. Not so much for the ones I carry with me.

diy fancy glass orb bookmarks

 

DIY Autumn-Inspired Leaf Bookmark

I was a bit more in the Fall mood when I made these bookmarks. The leaves were beautiful… all different colors and not quite crispy yet. It was the perfect time to make them into bookmarks.

diy leaf bookmark

 

DIY Watercolor Bookmarks

These were very enjoyable to make. They’re similar to the doodle bookmarks above, except with these you would use thick paper and watercolor paints. Oh, and a marker. You can write or draw whatever you want on them.

watercolor bookmarks

Enjoy.

Happy crafting!

 

 

DIY Orange Gradiant Whiteboard Calendar

diy whiteboard calendar craft

I’m so late at posting my Make Something Mondays craft today! It’s been a very busy weekend; so busy that it reminds me how important organization is in my life. I thought the perfect craft to reflect that would be a whiteboard calendar.

I hate buying calendars, because I’m just going to throw them away at the end of the year. I haven’t found a great way to reuse them, so if I don’t have to buy them, I’m going to avoid it. This was a great alternative.

The supplies are easy and cheap. If the Dollar Store sold scrapbook paper, I’d call it a Dollar Store Craft because it’s very affordable. Way more affordable if you’re remembering that you can use this year around.

Want to make one? Follow the tutorial below.

 

whiteboard calendar suppies

Whiteboard Calendar Materials

  • Glue
  • Ruler
  • Frame
  • Pencil
  • Color square scrapbook paper
  • Exacto knife & cutting board OR scissors

 

paint square scrapbook paper

This is the scrapbook paper pad I used for the color squares. I bought it at Michael’s for a few bucks.

 

paint squares for calendars

Step 1: cut up the color squares

The size of your squares will depend on the size of your frame. Remember that the frame is going to overlap the squares a bit, so leave extra space around the edges.

You can cut them all into little pieces if you want. I prefer to leave mine in a vertical slice so that I can better maintain the space between each section.

 

whiteboard calendar set up

Step 2: glue the colored pieces into place

I highly recommend lining up your sections on the paper before gluing anything so that you get an idea of what it will look like first. When you’re happy with the layout, glue the pieces into place.

 

12x12" framed calendar

Step 3: frame it

When the glue is dry, frame them.

 

diy whiteboard calendar craft

Write in your dates and you have your very own whiteboard calendar!

You can make your calendar bigger or smaller if the space within the squares doesn’t seem adequate with the 12×12″ frame.

As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave them in the comments!

Happy crafting!